Poker.com is still regarded as a newcomer to the poker industry but has established a great reputation during their first year online. Besides a pretty low user traffic, this room earns a degree of excellence for its superb software. They are continually improving the software and adding new features, and it is now on par with anything in the market. Poker.com hosts excellent freeroll tournaments and is recognized as one of the most ambitious at this area, and they also have a loyalty program and great bonuses for new and regular players.
We are truly impressed with what Poker.com has accomplished with its own poker software. In fact, the only issue that stops Poker.com from scoring a jackpot review is its graphics interface. There is a plethora of useful options, such as the ability of removing play money games. Plus, there is lobby music added to the simple layout. The table is one of the most prominent features. It's almost like MSN Messenger crossed with a poker client. You have your personal avatar, smileys, chat popups and even a superb and unique odds calculator that pops up whenever all cards are faced up. In addition, there is a large amount of statistics and a very functional buddy list, as well as player notes where you can set your opponents' type of play style. The best feature is being able to expose only one card at showdown just like on TV.
Launched in mid 2005, Poker.com still needs a few years to become what it's fully capable of doing: to become on of the leading poker rooms. The current traffic is quite low if compared to its biggest competitors. During peak hours, a total of 2000 people play at real money tables and tournaments. Roughly half the amount resides in tournaments, the rest is to be found in Texas Hold'em games. Only a small percentage of the users play Omaha.
Poker.com host a quite solid tournament schedule packed with freerolls and real cash games. Unfortunately, fans of 7 Card Stud and other games must seek for fortune someplace else although we here that more games are coming in the second half of 2006. Poker.com offers Texas Hold'em and Omaha only, split into scheduled games, sit 'N' goes, satellites to bigger events (such as the WSOP, WPT & Aussie Millions) as well as private games. Buy-ins range from $2 to $500 in sit 'N' goes. We like that you can engage people in a $500 heads-up, although competition is rather uncommon at these levels. Poker.com hosts special ladies only tournaments as well. As for the freerolls, Poker.com has a solid package of daily $100 freerolls with no requirements besides a full registration. In addition, there are 2 x $400 freerolls and $20,000 freerolls weekly that require so called comp points to enter. They also hold big tournament promotions monthly where you can win anything from trips to Vegas to a year's supply of cake. They have fun with their promotions.
Only two game modes are offered, Texas Hold'em and Omaha (plus Hi/Lo). Sadly, the latter one is not very populated either. You can play No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit Hold'em and Omaha. Tables range from $0.02/$0.04 up to $25/$50. But, the higher stakes are not always highly populated yet. We have been told that 7 card stud and five card draw are on the way along with video poker, casino hold'em and carribean stud. If you like Blackjack, that is available at Poker.com along with Backgammon. Their blacjack autoplay feature is great, allowing to set a strategy and then let the software play for you whilst you play poker.
You should be able to win quite a few bucks from the masses at Poker.com. The average opponent is usually not very skilled, although higher stake ring games can be tough at times. You will find the softest competition in low stake games, primarily No Limit, where seen flops average at about 50 percent. We think it has someting to do with the site being so easy for the fish to find!Sign Up Bonus
The sign up offers from Poker.com are pretty good. You receive a 200 % bonus up to a total of $600 as well as entry to 7 days of freerolls open only to new depositing players. This is a great way to build a bankroll early. Please note that this is only valid with our Poker.com coupon code
. They also tie in extra sign up bonuses from time to time that we feature on the site, usually featuring a free entry to big tournament. The 200% bonus is paid in increments of $10, and you earn the bonus at a rate of $1 per 200 comp points earned. Comp points stands for 'complimentary points' just like at a land based casino and is Poker.com's loyalty program currency.
Comp points can be earned by playing eligible tournaments and real money ring games at Poker.com. You will then be able to use your comp points to track your eligibility requirements to earn sign up bonuses, reload bonuses and the big freeroll tournament coupons. There is also a comp points store where you can cash in your points for some pretty cool Poker.com merchandise. Poker.com also has a cool feature called 'accolades' where you are awarded trophies and other graphics on your player box for tournament wins. It's great to show off your achievements when you want to, or you can hide them if you are in stealth mode and don't want anyone to know you are a good player.
The schedule consists of daily $100 tournaments every few hours as well freeroll satellite events into things like the WSOP. Regular players who earn comp points also get access to 2 x $4000 freerolls every week and a $20,000 freeroll on Sundays. These tournaments are relatively easy to get into with only 2,000 comp points required to get into a $20,000 tournament every week. They also hold big tournaments with real-life seats to WSOP, WPT and The Aussie Millions.
Poker.com supports players through live chat, email and an in-house messaging system. Their support is very fast & friendly. They also have a very active forum where players can talk with each other or provide feedback to ths site.
Deposit & Cashout Methods
Poker.com is the only online poker site to offer instant cashouts to it's regular players. Even if you are a new player and are yet to earn access to the instant cashout feature, cashouts usually take only 5-20 minutes, which is the fastest in the industry.
Deposits: credit card, Neteller, Click2Pay, MyCitadel ACH Bank Transfer (Nexum & Citadel) and phone load.
Cash-outs: Neteller, Click2pay, MyCitadel and bank transfer.